Addressing the challenge of quantifying exposure to low-quality news sources on social media, our latest study combines NewsGuard assessments with Meta’s URL Shares Dataset. This approach, initially developed by Andy Guess and colleagues for their U.S. study, has been adapted to the European context, specifically focusing on Germany, France, and Italy from 2019 to 2022. Our analysis shows a decrease in the total number of URLs shared on Facebook and an increase in the sharing of untrustworthy links during election years in Germany and Italy. However, this increase did not result in a proportional rise in views from these sources.

Rossi, L., Giglietto, F., & Marino, G. (2023). Cracking Open the European Newsfeed. Journal of Quantitative Description: Digital Media , 3.

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Political Advertisement and Coordinated Behavior on Social Media
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(in collaboration with the University of Vienna)

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